Compare Apple Xcode vs. Xamarin Platform

Apple Xcode is ranked 15th in Mobile Development Platforms with 1 review while Xamarin Platform is ranked 2nd in Mobile Development Platforms with 15 reviews. Apple Xcode is rated 7.0, while Xamarin Platform is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Apple Xcode writes "Essential for iOS apps. Cannot perform dynamic tasks in the drag-and-drop visual system". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Xamarin Platform writes "I can develop apps for iOS and Android without migrating to Objective-C or Java". Apple Xcode is most compared with Xamarin Platform, OutSystems and Ionic, whereas Xamarin Platform is most compared with Appium, Ionic and Kony.
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Xcode has quite a bit of code error checking built-in, which is great. It also goes a step further and suggests fixes.

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It usually saves time for application development. We write once and the code works everywhere.The cross platform ability is a great asset.Their leadership is exceptional at both listening to the customer base and delivering innovative, best-in-class products.Being able to use the .NET framework and platform have me creating applications better than anyone who develops on Windows.Xamarin is well-integrated with Visual Studio so it will feel very familiar to you once you start.It brings about good code sharing strategies, which bring down cost and maintenance efforts.We were able to optimize the service organization for one of our clients.It allows us to reuse our knowledge of C# and .NET Framework.

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There is a drag-and-drop visual system, but as soon as you do something dynamic, then you are unable to use it.

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They need to take a step towards independence from the UI platform. It takes a lot of time to adapt the native controls.We need to think about partnering with IBM because there is a need for a big data partner; someone who has machine learning and can help us connect the app to big data.There is limited support for UX widgets.There are compatibility issues between versions of various Xamarin components.The android application compilation time needs to be reduced.It is common to find a problem that you would need to develop from the start since there are no third-party components to reuse.From time to time, it is a bit harder to code some specific scenarios compared to the native approach.The worst build issue concerns are the caching process MSBuild uses to reduce the build time.

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Xamarin is free, or comes with Visual Studio. Therefore, it is very profitable.It saved a lot of time and resources needed to develop a cross platform mobile app.Xamarin is available under several licensing arrangements. Each developer needs one license at least. All features, especially the Profiler, unlock only with the highest tier.This is a free product, so there is zero investment on licenses and IDE.For personal use, the Community Edition is free.In most cases, it is sufficient to have free/community license. But if you plan to seriously develop production-level, highly polished apps, you need to use Xamarin.Profiler and the professional or enterprise license.

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With everything you need to create amazing apps for Apple platforms, Xcode 9 is unbelievably quick and consistently smooth while editing even the largest files. It also understands your code better than ever, so you can select and edit the structure or even transform the selection directly in the editor. Powerful new refactoring tasks happen in place, renaming symbols across Swift, Objective-C, and even user interface files without skipping a beat. And with source compatibility in Swift 4, Xcode 9 uses the same compiler to build existing Swift 3 code and updated Swift 4 code, so you can migrate at your own pace.

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